A Superhero of Skepticism Needs Your Help. She’s Getting Sued.

  Publicly fighting pseudoscience requires perseverance and, at times, what some may call bravery and others foolishness. The consequences of opposing institutionalized quackery can be more than just hate mail: I know of a few outspoken skeptics who got into hot water with their professional orders for voicing concerns on public platforms. And sometimes, the quacks simply sue you. This is what's happening to Britt Marie Hermes. If you're not familiar with her story, Britt…

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Cracked Science: Lies and Nonverbal Communication

  Can you tell if someone is lying to you simply by looking at their face? Hollywood would have you believe, that if you're some sort of genius who knows the science, you can tell if someone is lying every time!  However, the application of "nonverbal communication" to detecting a lie is nowhere near as easy as the TV show Lie to Me made it look... and beware of consultants basing their expertise on pseudoscience. My latest…

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036 – Diets and Californian Cell Phones

  Dr. Yoni Freedhoff guest stars to discuss our changing food environment. He talks dieting, The Biggest Loser, food frequency questionnaires, and the Cornell Food Lab fiasco. He also valiantly defends his children against the Don Drapers of the world. Also on the show: California issues guidelines for people worried about cell phones and how these guidelines were released is a really wacky story involving "FREEEEDOM!"; electricity to fight cancer; and Chris' The More You…

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Healthy Changes means maybe stopping some medications

Patients frequently ask me whether they will ever be able to stop their medications. Be it for their blood pressure, cholesterol or Type 2 diabetes, they always want to know whether, if they change their diet and start exercising, taking medications will no longer be necessary. In truth, I’ve seen very few people manage to come off their medications, although there have been a few notable patients who drastically changed their lives and managed to…

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Bill Nye’s Pot Episode Is an Irresponsible Mess

  With great science comes great responsibility, a proposition that Bill Nye and his writing team continue to ignore in the season 2 premiere of Bill Nye Saves the World which focuses on marijuana. The word (and sometimes the substance) cannabis is seemingly on everyone's tongue these days, which makes accurate reporting about it imperative. Within a few minutes of the episode starting, the following came out of Bill Nye's mouth: "[CBD, one of the…

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NeuroShield: Can Woodpeckers Help Protect Your Brain?

(This article was originally posted on the website of the McGill Office for Science and Society. It is reposted here as a bit of cross-promotion. Jonathan Jarry contributes content to both the OSS and The Body of Evidence. Head over to the OSS website to see what you're missing out on)   How does a woodpecker avoid massive concussions? The answer to this question has apparently been adapted by a team of doctors into a…

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Special – End-of-Year 2017

  Our second end-of-year special is chock full of bloopers. Plus, the worst bits of medical news this year; favourite jingles; and science communication heroes. Happy holidays! Additional music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com) Original music by Seth Donnelly To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/.  

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Cracked Science: Fooling Investors

  Can successful investors distinguish good science from utter nonsense? If they are not knowledgeable about what bit of quackery has been debunked, they may just fall for it when it is repackaged. You may be puzzled by the metal clips that seemingly give you more strength, but the way to pull off this trick is simpler than you think. My latest Cracked Science segment for the McGill Office for Science and Society.  

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Myth of liberation therapy for MS finally put to rest

If you've been following the story of liberation therapy for MS, we have now come to what is conceivably the end. Eight years after the original W5 segment made this dubious MS treatment widely popular, the scientific evidence is in. Read the full story in the Montreal Gazette here: http://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-myth-of-liberation-therapy-fo... ********************************************************************************************************************************************** Well, it's finally over. It took eight years, but I think we might actually be done. Liberation therapy will hopefully fade into obscurity as…

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035 – Chemotherapy and Stents (and Steven Novella!)

  A Christmas-themed delivery and Stanley-Kubrick-directed opening skit lead Chris and Jonathan to discuss the worth of chemotherapy. Do doctors themselves refuse chemo, and is chemotherapy only effective in 2% of cases? You may be surprised to find out the origin of the latter myth in the Worst Paper Ever (possibly). Also, Jonathan makes Chris cry; will doctors stop stenting stable angina; and Jonathan's interview with Dr. Steven Novella on the importance of the narrative…

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